Category Archives: Dramatica

Using Dramatica for Interactive Fiction (IF)

My response to a Dramatica user who asked about the applicability of the theory for creative interactive fiction narratives: Here’s the gist of using Dramatica for IF (we have made a number of presentations on this to various companies over … Continue reading

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How do you import a Word document into Dramatica?

Quick answer: You can copy and paste text from any Word document into any question in Dramatica. But, having said that, there is no reason to import a complete story or Word document into Dramatica. Dramatica is not a word … Continue reading

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Dramatica – Part 1

Introduction To understand story structure we must understand writers, for it is they who created it. Story structure represents our quest for truth and meaning. In this regard, it reflects the structure of music and art as well. What’s more, … Continue reading

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Early Dramatica Concept Drawing of Quads

For you theory groupies, here’s a drawing I did back in 1991 or so to help Chris and myself get a better understanding of what quads really were and how they related to one another in a fractal manner.

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Dramatica Theory vs. Practical Application

My response to a Dramatica consultant who lamented the gap between the theoretical concepts of our narrative model and its practical application: Yeah, its tough to get a handle on this stuff, mainly because there’s a big difference between the … Continue reading

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Dramatica Theory (Annotated) Part 10 “When to Use Dramatica”

Excerpted from the book, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story For some authors, applying Dramatica at the beginning of a creative project might be inhibiting. Many writers prefer to explore their subject, moving in whatever direction their muse leads them … Continue reading

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Dramatica Theory (Annotated) Part 7 “Symbolizing Concepts”

Excerpted from the book, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story It has been argued that perhaps the symbols we use are what create concepts, and therefore no common understanding between cultures, races, or times is possible. Dramatica works because indeed … Continue reading

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Dramatica Theory (Annotated) Part 6 “The Scope of Dramatica”

Excerpted from the book, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story With all these forms of communication, isn’t Dramatica severely limited in addressing only the Grand Argument Story? No. The Grand Argument model described by Dra- matica functions to present all … Continue reading

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Dramatica Theory (Annotated) Part 5 “The Free Form Author”

Excerpted from the book, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story While some authors write specifically to make an argument to an audience, many others write because they want to follow their personal muse. Sometimes writing is a catharsis, or an … Continue reading

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Dramatica Theory (Annotated) Part 4 “What is a Grand Argument Story”

Excerpted from the book, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story A Grand Argument Story is a conceptually complete story with both an emotional and logical comprehensiveness. There are a number of qualities which determine whether a story is a Grand Argument … Continue reading

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